In Gloom, you assume control of the fate of an eccentric family of misfits and misanthropes.

This card game immediately stands out from the pack (boom tish!) by having transparent cards; an ingenious idea that is then carried through to the game mechanics of covering up and revealing point scores on cards placed on top of one another. The Edward Gorey-esque theme is a lot of fun, though he doesn’t actually get a mention. This rules summary and card inventory covers the base game and the three expansions Unhappy Homes, Unwelcome Guests and Unfortunate Expeditions.

Update Log

Date Version Changelog
Jul 2014 2.2
May 2010 2.1 Original release
May 2010 2 Two modifiers added
? 1 Original release


  • Chris says:

    There’s a new expansion out for quite a while (Unquiet Dead), will this be updated at any point?

    • Universal Head says:

      I can’t just at the moment I’m afraid—it seems the new rules aren’t available online, and I have no plans to buy the expansion as my copy of Gloom is in storage. How depressing! 😉

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